Girl of the Month: Meet Jenna Guadagni
Jenna Guadagni is a mom, a fitness and yoga enthusiast, and an entrepreneur. Her passion for astrology, spirituality, and spiritual growth led her to open her own yoga studio, Buddha Grove Yoga, the avenue for sharing her passions with as many people as she can. Yoga for everyone has been her ethos since 2016 when she opened the doors of her first yoga studio, today, Buddha Grove Yoga, is the go-to studio in Coconut Grove and it’s evolved into a spiritual hub housing some of the best yoga classes in the city. Her success didn’t come overnight— “I’ve sacrificed a lot for my business, including vacations, time with my family and friends. It’s a struggle to balance it all out and you feel like you have to constantly be doing more” says Guadagni on being a female entrepreneur. We are eager to learn more from her extensive knowledge in business, astrology, personal healing, and Shamanism. Join us as we continue to get to know our GOTM of August, Jenna Guadagni.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a mom to the most amazing 4 year old, Stella. I am Astrology obsessed and a devoted yogi. I am incredibly passionate about spirituality and spiritual growth and sharing it with as many people as I can.
Describe a day in Jenna’s life.
I wake up super early and go through all of my morning routines. I meditate, journal, pray and (thanks to you) I now do lymphatic drainage massages. My first client or class of the day is usually around 8am so I head to my studio. I am so blessed to be at capacity with my services, so most days are spent doing private healings, astrology readings or yoga. I carve out enough time to make sure I work out for at least 90mins. Right now, I’m obsessed with going to the gym and lifting! It’s something I have never done and been kind of afraid of, but I am loving it and seeing massive changes. My last class or client is usually at 8pm and I make it home in time to hang with Stella, my four year old daughter and put her to bed. I usually end the day with gratitude journaling and organizing my calendar for the next day. Fun fact about me: I hate TV! I only have one in my house and couldn’t tell you where the remote is. The only show I’ve ever really watched and enjoyed is GOT.
Tell us a about your career journey.
I started my career as a classical pilates instructor, and then moved on to become the Master Instructor at Jetset Miami. I was also a SoulCycle instructor and a boxing teacher. I got really deep into each method so I could understand the effects each one had on the mind and the body. I always knew yoga was my path, but knew it needed to be more than just a traditional practice. I opened Buddha Shack Yoga in 2016 with a partner, the concept was to have a yoga for people who “hated yoga”. The studio was dark and the sound system was loud. I incorporated weights, hip hop music and HIIT intervals. During that time I was also doing my yoga Master Teaching hours and exploring my spirituality, which ultimately lead me to Shaman School. Yes, Shaman school is a thing! I’ve spent 1.5 years studying shamanism, astrology and crystal healing. At the end of last year my partner and I decided to close Buddha Shack and I transitioned the studio to a new space and renamed and rebranded to what is currently Buddha Grove. The concept is still the same, yoga for everyone, and all our classes are all level. I’ve lightened up the branding and brought in much more spiritual elements, which is how I feel I’ve evolved over the last 3 years.
How did you stumble upon yoga?
Yoga has been a part of my life since I was young. I was a High School and College athlete and the mat has been with me my whole life on and off. It’s the only consistent source of light in my life.
What’s the best thing about living in Miami?
The ocean, the culture and the FOOD!
The loneliness. It often feels as though it’s hard to relate to people who don’t have all of this going on. I sacrifice a lot for my business, including vacations, time with my family and friends. It’s a struggle to balance it all out and you take EVERYTHING extremely personally. You always have your game face on whether it’s to answer a client issue or feel like you need to constantly be “doing more”.
How long have you lived in Miami?
Can’t leave the house without?
My journal and Chanel lip therapy
Coffee or tea? So.Much.Coffee
Olivine Atelier Waves. It literally smells like a vanilla ocean, if that makes sense. It’s also all organic and has crystals at the bottom of each bottle.
Last thing you cooked. Vegan curry soup
What’s on your reading list.
This could go one forever:
Anything Gabby Bernstein.
A return to Love Marianne Williamson
The ABCs of Success by Bob Proctor
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Jerry and Ester Hicks
How do you usually start your mornings?
Every morning I do 15 mins of meditation, I set 10 goals and intentions for the day, and I pray. I also have a load of Auyvedic practices I use, tongue scrapping, body brushing, oil pulling and I’ve now added the lymphatic drainage thanks to you!
What’s a regular breakfast for you?
Always green juice, coffee and egg whites.
What is the first thing you thought of this morning?
I have a piece of paper next to my bed that says; another day to find love. So that’s always my first thought, “I am so grateful for another day to find love.”
What’s your go-to fitness routine or regimen?
I sweat 7 days a week. At least 3 yoga classes a week, I still LOVE pilates and do JetSet once a week. I lift with my trainer 3 days a week and jump into Kamps fitness for my HIIT workouts. Its sound likes a lot, but I enjoy moving my body so much it— keeps me clear and energized!
Where do you work out/practice and why do you go there?
I practice of course at my own studio! Every single one of my teachers is magic. I wanted to create a studio that I wanted to be in, and have teachers on staff that I wanted to practice with.
Do you have a personal trainer?
I do! Vannessa (@vanessaa_mmm)! I work out with her 3x a week, she’s gotten me into weightlifting and I LOVE it. It makes me feel so powerful and in control of my body.
What is your approach to nutrition?
I eat healthy 80% of the time, I give my body what it asks for. My only rules are no fast food, no fried food, and no soda.
What are your lifestyle “must-do’s” and your absolute “no ways”?
Always meditate, always laugh, always find love. Always drink rose. My only no ways are comparison, hurtful motives and jealousy to yourself or others. I’m pretty much game for anything else.
What’s your “passed down from Mom” beauty secret?
My mom taught me to always have my hair and nails done, and to moisturize before bed! Keep your face out of the sun and release any and all negativity from the day before sleeping. Hatred and envy will age you quicker than anything else.
Best beauty tip you ever received.
What’s a beauty secret you want to share with us.
Dry brushing! It’s the process of using a brush with stiff bristles against the skin to help exfoliate dead cells from the skin surface and enhance blood flow. Its literally changes my life, and my cellulite.
What’s your must have beauty product.
soleil tan de chanel and baking powder
What’s your philosophy about beauty.
Drink lots of water, eat clean foods, protect your skin from the sun, sweat everyday and tell yourself you are beautiful every time you walk past a mirror.
Favorite social-media platform.
Favorite person to follow on Instagram.
Gabby Bernstien and @makelemonadeanyway
Last google search.
Yoga retreats where no one talks to you. Hahahahaha legit, word for word!
Person you text the most.
My best friend and my businesses branding guru, Lauren, we literally have a play by play of our entire lives 24/7.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE
What’s your favorite city in the world.
Where do you want to travel next.
What words do you live by.
Nothing meant for you will ever pass you by.
How do you describe your personal style.
If Stevie Nicks was a yogi in 2019. I love dramatic kimonos, lace, the color black and cool sneakers.
Where did you go on your last trip? The Keys, on my list of top 5 favorite places in the world. I love live music, being barefoot and wearing my hair in a ponytail. Everyone in the Keys is just there to relax have fun and dance!
If you could offer advice to your 18 year old self, what would it be?
Keep making all those mistakes, keep loving hard, don’t ever lose your curiosity and your need for freedom, but listen to your father!